List of medieval religious houses on Islands: Norway

Kehnel, Annette ; Wehrle, Franziska

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2021
The title of a journal, publication series: The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies : JMMS
Volume: 10
Issue number: 10
Page range: 89-122
Place of publication: Turnhout
Publishing house: Brepols
ISSN: 20334-3515 , 2034-3523
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Mittelalterliche Geschichte (Kehnel)
Subject: 940 History of Europe
Abstract: The paper offers a survey of monastic island communities in Medieval Norway, including brief historical descriptions of their foundation, patrons, dissolution, sources, remaining building structures, and - if available - information regarding economic activities and wealth. Far from having been isolated places of retreat, Norwegian island monasteries were situated on ideal landing places, nodal points close to important economic centres of the time. The island locations might be interpreted as advantages for the nuns and monks, in terms of facilitating strategic defence, economic stability, and regular incomes from fishing grounds or customs revenues. No preference for island locations amongst the different orders can be recognized. Nuns and monks, Benedictines, Cistercians, the canons and also the Franciscans are amongst the monastic island dwellers. Halsnøy island seems to have housed for some time the most northern Hospital of the Order of the Holy Spirit (Rome).

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